Taoiseach attends British Irish Council

Taoiseach attends British Irish Council
Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny who hosted the 24th British-Irish Council (BIC) Summit in Dublin Castle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is attending the British-Irish Council (BIC) summit, which is under way in London.

The summit is being hosted by Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers

The meeting will be attended by First Minister, Peter Robinson, deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, the Chief Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and representatives from all other Member Administrations.

Taoiseach attends British Irish Council
(LtoR) Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and DUP First Minister Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny

The British-Irish Council, established under 1998 Multi-Party Agreement, continues to play a unique and important role in furthering, promoting and developing links between its Member Administrations through positive, practical relationships. The London Summit is the twenty fifth to be held since the inaugural meeting of the BIC in 1999.

The Council is likely to discuss the Stormont House Agreement & Implementation Plan ‘A Fresh Start’ and the effects of the conflict in Syria and the refugee situation in Europe and the Middle East. They will also consider the work taking place across the 12 British-Irish Council worksectors, with a focus on the Environment worksector who will present a collaborative paper on Natural Capital and resources.

It is also expected that the Taoiseach will take the opportunity to update Council members on Ireland’s economic recovery and growth since the last summit meeting in June.

A Communiqué will issue from the BIC at the conclusion of the Summit.


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